For any human being to grow up into a healthy emotional being, care is needed. It has been proven through various studies conducted that if a child is not given adequate love and care then he or she tends to grow antisocial traits that can often border on being criminal. Thus child care is very important and must be given adequate attention.
For working parents, it is becoming increasingly difficult to take care of their children due to the paucity of time. Hence they depend more and more on child care centers and playgroups that the child goes to during their initial formative years. Child care centers and playgroup in Singapore, where the culture is predominantly materialistic and everyone is running after money, are gaining more and more importance as they are substituting largely for the lack of the parents’ physical and emotional presence in the child’s life. Thus these alternative child care units are gaining importance to the extent that they would be indispensable.
Playgroup is a word that is has found a very common usage in modern times. It is often used as a replacement term for kindergarten. If one asks for a definition of playgroup, one can say it is a kind of child care center that ensures child care for children below the age of five, that is, before they begin their school. In other words a playgroup is a number of care givers that form an organized body in order to give care to the children and teach them the conventions of socializing before they embark on their new phase of school life. Playgroups are less formal as compared to the preschool education.
Most often it is parents who start and operate playgroups for children of other parents. There are trainings conducted to train care givers. They ensure that the children learn to interact with other and make friends. For children coming from different ethnic backgrounds, playgroups become a common platform for them to mingle with each other. Thus playgroups become the first glimpse of the globalized cosmopolitan culture for the child.
Various engagement activities are organized by care givers to enable the children to learn the skills of socializing effectively. Thus the differing backgrounds of the children do not become a barrier to their communication. In Singapore, where children hail from different ethnic backgrounds, playgroups are the best way to make them feel united and integrated. Thus playgroup in Singapore is of utmost importance.